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T-Top Reveals That His Grandfather Passed While He Was At Hip-Hop Awards

Battle rap was on the big stage at the BET Hip-Hop Awards on Tuesday as North Carolina born rapper T-Top took on DNA in a live rap battle for $25,000. Later on, T-Top revealed that while he was getting the look of a lifetime, his grandfather had passed away.

“While I was on the awards tonight my grandfather took his last breaths, hope I made you proud king,” Top wrote on Twitter following the awards show. The Smack/URL battler received many well wishes from fans via social media.

Battle rap was a major highlight of the Hip-Hop awards and although T-Top didn’t win the $25,000, he did receive a lot of praise for the bars he spit on stage, some fans even felt as though he was robbed in the battle.

“No cameras because the feds like to hold that image/so tell T.I. my trap museum ain’t have no Kodak’s in it,” Top spit in his battle with DNA. Top also participated in a BET cypher giving himself the maximum exposure he could get on BET’s platform Tuesday night.

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Battle Rap to Make Debut on BET Hip Hop Awards

SMACK/URLTV continues to drive the ascension of battle rap to the next level with a 4-man battle tournament confirmed for this year’s 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards ceremony featuring DNA, Geechi Gotti, T-Top and Shotgun Suge hosted by SMACK himself. With filming set for this Saturday at the Cobb Energy Performing Centre in Atlanta, Georgia before being televised on BET throughout America on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 8PM ET, the star-studded award ceremony to be hosted by Lil Duval will be the first time battles have taken place live on stage at a BET award show.

Although numerous and now classic BET ciphers have heavily featured battle rappers in recent years, this brief four-man URLTV battle tournament consists of one 90 second-round each per battle, with the two winners then facing off in the finals for the $25,000 prize to be judged by the crowd live in the building. These four battle rappers are among the culture’s leading at the moment, with veteran and highly viewed battle DNA taking on the rising superstar out of the west in Geechi Gotti who has had a very strong last two years in what is sure to be an entertaining encounter in this unique format.

A rematch of sorts of T-Top vs. Shotgun Suge after their classic battle in July 2015 on the ‘Redemption’ URL Card finds a welcome home on BET. T-Top had a breakout 2014 year which included a battle versus John John Da Don and taking out BET’s “Ultimate Freestyle Friday” on 106 & Park against the previous seasons’ champion Sno and the 10k with it. Shotgun Suge has been a long-running force in battle rap on SMACK/URLTV for a decade with his aggressive style and the inclusion of him will ensure that the authentic feel of battle rap will remain on stage here.

Also, brand new this year, the “Best International Flow” segment honors selected artists globally with nominees from Canada, Ghana, France, UK, and Nigeria. Internationally, these hip hop awards will air on BET Africa October 9, 2019, at 7:00PM CAT; on BET UK on October 10, 2019, at 9PM BST; on BET France on October 10, 2019 at 8:45PM CEST; and on BET South Korea October 10, 2019 at 9:00PM KST – and with it battle rap reaching potentially millions of new eyes worldwide. Tune in!

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Murda Mook Finally Returns To SMACK/URLTV On The Biggest Card In The History Of The Sport

Legendary Harlem battle rapper Murda Mook has announced his long-awaited return to battle rap’s premiere platform SMACK/URLTV, appearing on the platform’s inaugural “Summer Impact” card.  The event will be held next month on Saturday, August 10th at The Fillmore in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Dot Mob general will team up with Detroit’s Calicoe forming the super group “Murdaland.” Who are the lucky (or brave) emcees that they will be battling? The two vets will take on the combined talents of T-Top and Brizz Rawsteen (Dark Lyfe) in what is going to be a tough 2-on-2 battles for two of URL’s most cemented stars.  Dark Life is dangerous because they are probably the only multiple-battle-having-duo that can boast being undefeated.

READ MORE: Murda Mook And Tay Roc’s War of Words Signifies Dot Mob’s Demise

Last year, Murda Mook had his debut on Rare Breed Entertainment (RBE) against a red-hot Aye Verb, proving that the battle rap god could bleed (if not lose).

That classic battle added to his already legendary legacy that includes memorable battles against Loaded Lux (twice), Serius Jones, French Montana, T-Rex, Jae Millz, Iron Solomon, Party Arty plus more. Mook has collaborated with the likes of Remy Ma, Talib Kweli amongst a wealth of others and has been teetering on fully breaking through to the mainstream for the last decade. This will be Murda Mook’s first time back on the SMACK/URLTV stage since he infamously beat Iron Solomon convincingly on the star-studded “Summer Madness 2” stage back in 2012, representing the longest fallback for a battle rapper in 7 1/2 years from the Ultimate Rap League. Ironically many in the culture believe that this battle was prompted by another battle on the card. Mt. Rushmore compadres Loaded Lux copped & Hollow Da Don snatched the biggest look on the card pairing up against the rising commercial rap star, Tsu Surf & the current face of URL, Tay Roc. The allure was just to big one critic said for them not to consider the card.

READ MORE: Hitman Holla, Charlie Clips, Tsu Surf, Loaded Lux and Jaz The Rapper Announced for ‘Summer Impact’ Event on SMACK/URLTV

In what many are considering the best battle rap card on paper since “Summer Madness 2,” the ”Summer Impact” event features 24 of the cultures best rappers battling it out across six matches in a unique 2-on-2 format, that continues to build on the very best year  for not only SMACK/URLTV but the culture as a whole.

These are the battles as planned:

Loaded Hollows (Loaded Lux & Hollow Da Don) vs. GunTitles (Tsu Surf & Tay Roc)

Murdaland (Murda Mook & Calicoe) vs. Dark Lyfe (Brizz Rawsteen & T-Top)

NWX (DNA & K-Shine) vs. Every Fuccin Bar (Geechi Gotti & Rum Nitty)

Good Clipz (Charlie Clips & Goodz) vs. Multiple Remixes (Hitman Holla & John John Da Don)

The Monstars (Nu Jerzey Twork & Shotgun Suge) vs. Marv & Quest (Marv Won & Quest Mcody)

Jaz the Rapper & O’fficial vs. TOQ (40 B.A.R.R.S. & E-Hart)

Will Murda Mook be able to successfully adapt to this unique format in a rapidly developing era of battle rap? Will a stellar performance here be enough to propel him forward to finally battling Cassidy? Stay tuned to The Source.

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Cassidy Returns to Battle Rap Next Month Vs. Goodz in Atlanta

Platinum-selling, number one charting Philadelphia legend Cassidy makes his long-awaited return to battle rap next month on Saturday 27 April on the big stage in Atlanta, this time debuting on the SMACK/URL stage vs. Bronx legend Goodz.

This will be Cassidy’s first battle since his controversial encounter with Los Angeles- based battler Dizaster four years ago at the FilmOn.TV’s “Ether” event in LA, with consensus giving that battle to Cassidy 2-1 in an overall disappointing battle plagued by technical issues that failed to live up to the lofty hype surrounding such a potential classic showdown.

With one of the battles of the decade now only five weeks away, the 27 April event “Resolution” will also feature a stack of other top quality battles making it the battle rap event of the year thus far. The long-awaited rematch battle of SMACK/URLTV.tv’s top gunner Tay Roc vs. the red hot, in form K-Shine has battle rap fans in a frenzy and promises to deliver one of the best battles in years. The indisputable number one new guy in battle rap, Nu Jerzey Twork, has been setting SMACK/URLTV on fire in recent years and faces a formidable opponent in the experienced John John Da Don, who is coming off a great 12 months both on stage and with his Atlanta-based BulllPen Battle League. Big stage enforcer Shotgun Suge takes on the rapidly developing Chef Trez, which will be a great test for the Chef as he has an opportunity to go head to head with one of the most commanding big stage performers in the culture in Suge. Back to back puncher Rum Nitty takes on CaveGang’s T-Top, in a battle that will be interesting to see if the small room (king of the Volumes series) expert Rum Nitty can continue to perform to such a high level in the main room as he has also previously done in the past.

Goodz over the last 15 years has battled the likes of URL’s Tay Roc, T-Top, Aye Verb (hosted by Jadakiss), X-Factor, Hollow Da Don, Rone, Hitman Holla, K-Shine, Jae Millz, Conceited, Head I.C.E, Tech 9, Rich Dolarz as well as Cassidy (off-camera) more so at the beginning of his career. Goodz is currently in top form, coming off a very strong performance against Tay Roc in Houston at NOME 8.

Cassidy came up in the late 90’s and early 2000s as a feared, tried and well-tested battle rapper throughout Philly and beyond who honed his craft heavily (including famously battling Freeway of State Property) before being signed by Swizz Beats/Ruff Ryders. Cassidy would go on to release three classic albums in the mid-2000s, collaborating with the likes of Styles P, Talib Kweli, Havoc, Nipsey Hussle, Nas, Fat Joe, The Game, Alicia Keys, Murda Mook, Tay Roc and Loaded Lux amongst many, many more.

This will be the first time that big room battle rap has reached Atlanta and “Resolution” is shaping up to be a hip-hop event that cannot be missed. Head to Club Mansion for one of the biggest battle events ever held outside New York on battle raps leading platform, SMACK/ URLTV and cop the Pay Per View if you can’t be in the building. Sure to be a night for the history books.

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Arsonal Returns to SMACK Volume 4 To Battle Champion’s COTY, Geechi Gotti

URL has its first major event this year, after a jam-packed 2018, will be the highly anticipated “SMACK Volume 4” card this Saturday, February 9th. The card will consist of six 3-round battles, and only be available on pay per view from www.watchbattlelive.com.

This exclusive small room setting (along with the BANNED series) has proven to be a fan favorite since its welcomed inception in December 2017.  A string of now-classics battles from this series including JC vs. Nu Jerzey Twork, Iron Solomon vs. Rum Nitty, K-Shine vs. Danny Myers, Aye Verb vs. Nu Jerzey Twork and the recent DNA vs. Mickey Factz grudge match has all been birthed out of this series and we know that this card will add to our list.

What makes the Volume cards so fire, is their ability to strip away the gas that is often found in so many big stage battles. With the series predictable top tier matchups and undeniable lyricism, to be invited to perform on a Volume card is a high honor for battlers. Despite which era you have come from, landing a spot on URL’s latest franchise with a formidable opponent opens the doors for fans to see just how dope and explosive an emcee you really are. Nu Jerzey Twork is a great example of this. This upcoming set will be his third performance on a Volume. And while many zone in on the attributes of his superior performance, these smaller rooms and close ranged battles afford the fans the opportunity to dissect his lyrical gift.

He is not the only one with lyrical gifts that promise to blow us away.

This particular card will showcase several URL superstars and best wordsmiths. Rappers like T-Top, John John, Shotgun Suge, Rum Nitty, Charlie Clips and sure the sometimes retired, always hustling Arsonal Da Rebel (who has definitely showed up against Twork at SM8), are sure to not only talk that talk but entertain.

Arsonal, who has his own league and who has been creeping into TV, is battling Champion‘s COTY, Geechi Gotti. Champion is the premiere battle analysis show in the culture (second to none). Gotti has been putting up numbers and taking wins. Though he did not take T-Top last year at the Strike 2.5 event, nor come in #1 on our Best of The Culture: Top 20 Battle Rappers And Top Events of 2018, he has proven to be someone Arsonal simply can’t sleep on.

The SMACK Volumes are really some of the best shows in battle rap.

The battles announced for SMACK Volume 4 are;

John John Da Don vs. O-Red

Shotgun Suge vs. Rum Nitty

Arsonal vs. Geechi Gotti

T-Top vs. Qleen Paper

Charlie Clips vs. Nu Jerzey Twork

Chef Trez vs. Danny Myers – (left from the Summer Madness 7 card in Las Vegas).

Check out co-owner, Eric Beasley talking about the card.

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NWX Strikes Back; Proves to Be Unstoppable At Action Packed URL Event

The battle rap strike is officially over.

To effectively punctuate the end of this so-called “strike,” one that barely got started, SMACK/ URL took over Club Amazura in Jamaica, Queens to reclaim their throne as “The World’s Most Respected MC Battle Arena” with their Strike 2.5 card.

Leading the card, was three of battle rap’s top crew, NWX: K-Shine, DNA and T-Top.  Slated to go to combat with some this year’s most formidable opponents, many doubted that the trio would emerge victoriously.  But they did, even as their challengers made it difficult for them to just cakewalk through the battles.

First, out of the NWX team, Shine proved to be comfortable in the murky URL waters and seemed at home even as he swam with the sharks leading fish. Bar heavy and punch crazy, Ave did not let Shark City down. Representing VA like the champ he is, he simply lacked the crowd control and charisma needed to threaten Shine. But Shine was in his bag, making sure his hyper-aggressive style was on full display. Usually, Ave appears to be like fictional Jaws standing across the stage from his opponent, this weekend he did not. Shine, all 5 ft something of him, seemed like the ferocious beast. Chomping down the Cave Gang hitter’s most memorable haymakers with setups and punchlines that remind you why he is a crowd pleaser. Even Ave could not help but grin, as the crowd went crazy with the fever of Shine’s return to URL.  Shine 3-0.

Next up to bat was T-Top against Geechi Gotti: The Bear vs. The Banger. Against the Grizzly, Geechi Gotti did not shrink as he stood unexpectedly taller than any of the other third generation of commercial battle rappers popping out on the scene. Despite, having a productive year was pegged to be that hunting trap which put an end to Top’s career.  Many even thought that his aggressive style would be the perfect roadblock to get the UFF Champ and crowd fave out of here forever. And while Geechi definitely did not come to play, it just was not enough in our opinion. Gotti met Top bar for bar.  Gotti met Top hood story for hood story. He had angles. He had haymakers. But. He. Just. Did. Not. Have. The. Charisma! He made you laugh and think at the same time, deconstructing Gotti’s street image by say poking fun at West Coaster’s weave business. Outside of Charlie Clips, Conceited, Hitman Holla, few emcees come to life on the stage as he does.

Closing out the show, was NWX’s leader and champ, DNA who went up against The Bar God, Danny Myers. DNA’s rounds were tight and entertaining and still is one of the best talents on URL’s roster. Danny Myers had rhymes galore. No one can take away from Danny’s gifts, but lacks the star power to go toe to toe with The Champ.

Which leads to this one point:

BATTLE RAP IS NOT ONLY ABOUT BARS. IT IS ABOUT A NUMBER OF FACTORS: LYRICISM, ENTERTAINMENT, HUMOR, STAGE PRESENCE & PERSONALITY!

NWX as a collective, for the most part, understands this… which is why they are more than “get those guys that excel at two on twos…”More than just the ESPN “go to’s”… or the “mixtape grinders”… Congrats on claiming the night!

But the night had more than just NWX battles…

URL secured a roster that was extraordinarily strong with no lulls or fillers. Whatever team came up with this card definitely had their ear to the street, securing battles that were unexpected.

JC seemed to tame the conscious gangster spirit in B Dot. Graduating from the streets of Compton, he rocked a bandana patterned red, black, and green graduation stole around his neck. Reflective of both his Pan-African views and his Piru gang affiliation, B Dot has been miscast by lazy battle rap enthusiasts as well as the new generations, and Lux. He is not. Actually, there has never been a battle rapper like him and lyrically, there may never be.  While he may possess the uncanny ability to merge black conscious and aggressive street bars, JC picked apart his rapid-fire delivery style and dismissed him as a “walking contradiction.”

Glueazy vs Ryda proved to be an interesting sparring session between members of the Goonie family. While they traded slick shots back and forth, Ryda’s punches seemed to hit a little harder as the crowd began to favor him. Glue maintained that he still has love for his crew member as he shouted, “Goonie till we die!”

Although the battle was in Jamaica, Queens, Brooklyn was definitely in the building as Mr. Wavy took on Jerry Wess. Both men are “We Go Hard” elite, but Wavy at the time proved to be a tidal wave which seemed to be hard for Wess to stay afloat.  Wavy came out aggressive in round 1. Wess did match up when his time to rhyme came up but in round 2 when Wavy threw his hoodie up while he played on Jerry Wess’ name, the crowd erupted. It is hard to call it: Wavy was crossing him up, stepping over him like Iverson. Wavy was shooting like Ray Allen in Game 6, and blocking like Olajuwon. The culture wins on this one.

There is a reason that URL is the most respected in the world. They know how to pick the battles and looking at how quickly they shut down the strike, they also know how to make the talent feel comfortable enough to perform on the highest level. If you thought this battle was crazy, wait until next month. URL is heading to the UK for Summer Madness 8 on November 10 and that promises to be one hell of an event.

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